Definition of misfeasance in English:


Syllabification: mis·fea·sance
Pronunciation: /ˌmisˈfēzəns


A transgression, especially the wrongful exercise of lawful authority.
More example sentences
  • In contrast with the tort of misfeasance in public office, bad faith is not an ingredient of the tort; it is not a defence for the defendant to say that he acted in good faith.
  • The effect of this is that the occupier's liability is governed by the common law, which provides that he will be liable for negligent misfeasance but not for nonfeasance.
  • I have evidence of perjury and the perversion of the course of justice and misfeasance in public office.


early 17th century: from Old French mesfaisance, from mesfaire, from mes- 'wrongly' + faire 'do' (from Latin facere). Compare with malfeasance.

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